NEWS: CDC Loosens Outdoor Face Mask Guidelines

Earlier this week, we shared the news that the CDC was expected to update their face mask guidelines, and that President Biden was expected to share those updates with the American people.

Face mask signage is abundant in Disney World so guests know the latest policies.

Those updates have been officially announced, and we are here today to give you the latest on what the CDC recommends when it comes to face masks!

As expected, the new face mask guidance from the CDC includes new verbiage on outdoor face mask use for those individuals who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC’s website now states that fully vaccinated individuals “can gather or conduct activities outdoors without wearing a mask except in certain crowded settings and venues.”

Health and Safety Signs in Disney Springs

According to the New York Times, the federal health officials stated that “Americans who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus no longer need to wear masks outdoors if they’re walking, running, hiking or biking alone, with members of their household, or if they attend small outdoor gatherings.”

Source: Center for Disease Control

The CDC did not, however, give the green light for fully vaccinated Americans to omit masking completely while outdoors. The New York Times also shared that federal health officials included that “vaccinated adults should continue wearing masks and staying six feet apart in large public spaces, like outdoor performance or sports events, indoor shopping malls and movie theaters, where the vaccination and health status of others would be unknown. And they still should avoid medium and large gatherings, crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.”

Haunted Mansion Face Mask

Also keep in mind that the CDC is providing recommendations that states, local government, and private companies can then implement or adopt. Places like Disney World and Disneyland can continue to keep their current face mask mandates in place if they choose.

Face Mask requirements in Disney Springs

However, we have already started to see Disney World ever-so-slightly loosen their face mask policy. For example, guests can now take outdoor photos with their face masks off, as long as they are practicing proper physical distancing.

Orange Bird Face Mask at EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival

We’ll continue to keep you up-to-date on Disney World and Disneyland’s current health and safety guidelines, including their current face mask mandates.

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One Reply to “NEWS: CDC Loosens Outdoor Face Mask Guidelines”

  1. Until all mask “mandates” are lifted I don’t see Disney lifting their requirements. As it stands now it could give an appearance of a two class status and I’m sure Disney does not want one guest “arguing” with another – a PR headache to say the least. Disney wants to treat ALL guests equally (I learned that concept in military boot camp).

    My guess would be that masks are still on into early 2022 for outdoors and slightly longer for indoors, the CDC is slow to make changes and Disney makes the CDC look fast. Appearance is of upmost importance at Disney. I don’t blame their cautiousness.